Sunday, December 28, 2008

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991, Martin Kitrosser)

Whew, what a relief. Silent Night Deadly Night 4 was actually a good movie! Fortunately many of the same crew members and actors returned for part 5, though the story and characters are unrelated.

Continuing on with part 4, Silent Night Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker is a wholly original story that has nothing to do with the previous films in the series. A little boy named Derek receives a mysterious Christmas present and witnesses it come to life and kill his father. Derek becomes mute and scared of toys, so his mother takes him to their old friend, the Toy Maker named Joe Petto (Mickey Rooney) and his son Pino (get it, like Gepetto and Pinocchio) to pick out a special toy. Without any luck they leave, but we soon find out that something is going on with Joe Petto's toys when one of them comes to life and kills someone else. Is Joe or his peculiar son Pino to blame for the Holiday slaughter or could it be the mysterious Noah who seems to be following Derek and his mother?

Silent Night Deadly Night 5 is on par with part 4. A neat little story that comes together well when the story unfolds and the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place. Some more great special effects from Screaming Mad George and it's fun seeing Mickey Rooney as The Toy Maker. Still not really a Silent Night Deadly Night film other than the name but still well worth a watch around the Holiday season.

Rating: 3/5

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